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 Advanced notification of road closure - A1088 Bridge Farm Bridge, Stowlangtoft.

The works are programmed to commence on Monday 22 July 2024 and will continue until Friday 20 December 2024. 


The road will be closed to ensure the safety of highway users and our operatives.  For the duration of the closure, traffic will be diverted via A1088, A14, A143 and vice versa.


Overnight A14 closures in June


Between 8pm to 6am
Sunday 2 June
Saturday 8 June
Sunday 23 June
Friday 28 June
Saturday 29 June
(contingency date –
may not be required)


Between 8pm to 6am

Friday 7 June

Monday 10 -
Saturday 15 June
Monday 17 -
Saturday 22 June
Monday 24 June -
Thursday 27 June
Saturday 29 June
(contingency date –
may not be required)



Health and Wellbeing Group

A six week Health and Wellbeing Group funded by Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Council will be held at The Woolpit Village Hall starting on Tuesday 25th June 13:30 - 3pm. It's a mixture of exercise [at a suitable pace], breathing, relaxation, drinks and snacks followed by talks on various subjects around health and a time to socialise and get advice from the Spotwellbeing Team who have a background in Physio and OT. The idea is for people to manage their health as they age well. I have attached a poster for you to distribute as you see fit. 

For more information look on the Group's page and look at their poster


With the growth of the village we are finding that more and more people are becoming marginalized by the lack of public transport from the village to Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Elmswell Station. WGNS would very much like to help people within the parish to live life the best they can and enable them to get out and about. The village has the community bus Wednesdays and Saturdays to Bury St Edmunds and Dans Coaches are providing a service to Stowmarket on Mondays and Thursdays. The regular bus service to Bury St Edmunds runs daily, Monday to Friday, unfortunately not during school holidays. We have the very long summer holiday approaching so we are fairly certain our services will be required even more.  Unfortunately some parishioners are unable to walk to the bus stops due to mobility issues therefore they are totally reliant on friends and family to get them to coffee mornings or other events in the village. If you are able to join the WGNS and take on some of the driving tasks we would be very grateful. Its more of an ad hoc service so requirements are not on a daily or even weekly basis. If you can only help now and again that would be gratefully received.

Please call or text the WGNS phone 07738756470 

or email us woolpitgoodneighbours@outlook.com


Stowmarket Striders Running Club will be staging their annual Friday Five road race on 28th June 2024.

The race will pass through part of the village. It starts in Haughley Park at 7.30 p.m. and passes through the park for 775m before leaving the park and turning left on to Wood Road, Woolpit (270m north of the bridge over the A14). At the end of Wood Road, the course bears left through Borley Green /The Heath and after 400m bears left again on to Shelland Green. Full details of the race are on website: http://stowmarketstriders.org.uk/friday-5


Hopkins Homes development of the Bury Road site

The company has created a Community Liaison Service which you can contact with questions and concerns.

The email address is community@buryroad-woopit.co.uk.

Phone number 0800 0352874.

The website is www.buryroad-woolpit.co.uk


Citizens Advice

Do you need help to pay your heating bills this winter?

If you, your family, a parent, a grandparent, a friend or neighbour are struggling to keep
warm, then please call Citizens Advice who may be able to help.
Please don’t suffer in silence. It’s easy to apply online for financial support or speak
to the dedicated team who can help.

To get help heating your home please call the Surviving Winter team at Citizens Advice on 01473 298 634
If you wish to make a donation to the SURVIVING WINTER APPEAL 2023/24 : Please visit suffolkcf.org.uk or to pay by card please call Suffolk Community Foundation on 01473 602602. Alternatively, do visit any branch of Suffolk Building Society, who are accepting donations over the counter

Mid Suffolk's new COSY Home initiative

Mid Suffolk Council has launched a new £2million initiative which could see hundreds of people claim a free home insulation upgrade.

The Cosy Home installation including funding for loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draft proofing works to make more private sector homes in the Mid Suffolk district more efficient, reduce their carbon emissions and lower energy bills for residents.

The district council is encouraging any resident that meets the criteria to express an interest, while funds last.

For more information visit: https://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/web/mid-suffolk/w/mid-suffolk-cosy-homes

Car park repairs

The Rectory Lane car park known to many as the tennis club car park which is owned by the Woolpit Recreation Ground Charity, has received some much needed repairs to pot holes. The work was carried out by Sisk,  the contractor under taking the A14 concrete road replacement as part of its community engagement. This was just a repair and in the constant wet weather it has not had time to settle. Sisk did the work and brought in materials free of charge. I for one am very grateful.


Temporary speed limit


 Suffolk County Council and National Highways have introduced temporary speed reductions made under  temporary traffic regulation orders for some roads in the area used to avoid the road works..

Please note these temporary speed limit reductions will be removed once the A14 junction 47a to junction 49 reconstruction scheme is completed in summer 2024.

You will find the list of roads affected on the National Website https://nationalhighways.co.uk

If you have any questions about the project, you can contact the 24/7 National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

formation is available on the website  https://nationalhighways.co.uk



The parish councils of Woolpit, Elmswell, Beyton and Thurston have come together with Vertas to address the problems caused by our poor scheduled bus service. Vertas has made the minibuses available to us in the mornings and early afternoons when they are not required to do their usual job of taking children to and from school. 

The trial of a Vertas 8 seat minibus/taxi offering a round trip to Bury on Wednesdays and Saturdays has been a great success with Woolpit residents taking up more seats than all the other parishes .

The trial is now extended 

Pickup on the Woolpit ‘triangle’ at 9.40am or a liittle later - arriving on Angel Hill in Bury about 10.15. Returns from Bury at 1.30 from Angel Hill.

Booking a seat - This is not a scheduled bus service - therefore booking is essential at least 2 days in advance. The minibus can take wheelchairs. Elmswell is providing a central point for bookings.

To book a seat ring the Elmswell Parish office 01359244134 weekdays between 8am and 4 pm or email clerk@elmswell.suffolk.gov.uk

Cost - The return fare from Woolpit will be £6 to be paid in advance.  (Sorry no bus passes)

The driver cannot take payment for the journey. You can pay in advance by cheque or cash via the Elmswell or Woolpit Parish Council offices or by BACS. If you have made a booking, you can pay WPC by a cheque or cash. If the office is closed, just put your payment in an envelope (marked with your name and date of travel) for the Parish Clerk into the Institute letter box.

As this is a trial, we need your feedback – good or bad.  You can tell Peggy Fuller the Parish Clerk, Julia Ewans or Trace Gardiner about how your journeys went.

Please make good use of this service.

Use it or lose it.

 New scheduled bus service to Stowmarket

We are told that Dan's Coaches are planning to run a scheduled bus service No.390 to Stowmarket on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on 4th September. Picking up in the centre of Woolpit at about 10.50 on Mondays and 11.20 on Thursdays. Copies of the timetable will go up at the bus stops or you can find more information at Suffolk On Board  Suffolk on Board - Bus / Bus timetable updates


Health Centre Car Park

The gate between the new and old carparks is now closed. It was never intended that the access to the new car park would be from Heath Road. When ever possible, please use the new larger car park at the back which is accessed via Old Stowmarket Road.

In the old car park, all parking spaces on the Heath Road side of the bin store are for the disabled.


  SCAMS - A message from Suffolk Trading Standards 

It’s important to always keep an eye out for scams. They can and do affect anyone. Something might be a scam if:

  • It seems too good to be true – like an email saying you’ve won a competition you don’t remember entering
  • Someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
  • You’re being urged to respond or pay quickly
  • You’ve been asked to pay for something urgently or in an unusual way – for example by bank transfer or gift vouchers
  • You’ve been asked to give away personal information

How to protect yourself from scams 

  • If you’re not sure about something, get advice from a trusted source.
  • Don’t be rushed into making any quick decisions. It’s okay to take your time
  • Never give money or personal details, like passwords or bank details, to anyone you don’t know or have only met online
  • Pay by debit or credit card. This gives you extra protection if things go wrong
  • Be suspicious. Scammers can be very smart. They can appear like a trusted business or government official, have a professional website and say all the right things
  • Keep your online accounts secure. Use a strong password for email accounts that you don’t use anywhere else

 There is more information on how to protect yourself from scams on the Citizens Advice website. www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scamsadvice

 Friends Against Scams also have advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

 If you need advice, or want to report a scam or rogue trader,

call us via 0808 223 1133.

If you have any concerns about a company that has contacted you, call us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

There is more useful information on the Trading standards website click here


 Warm Homes in Suffolk

Warm Homes Suffolk wants to help the people of Suffolk live in homes that cost less to heat, so they can reduce their energy usage and enjoy lower bills. 

There is advice available at ww.warmhomessuffolk.org for householders, renters and landlords.

Grants to help insulate and make your property more energy efficient are available.



 See the new 'Walking for Health' section of the website in the Clubs and Organisation section.

Click here for link


The scheme has now been launched. Here are the contact details

WGNS mobile phone 07738756470

Operational 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

If calling outside of these hours leave a message.

In the event of an emergency call 999

Woolpit Parish Council 

is starting an email newsletter please sign up to receive it by reading the notice on the parish council pages (Click here)


Read more about the Community Infrastructure Levy and how we might spend it on the parish council pages (Click here).


Perry’s Private Hire

Michael J. Perry has announced his retirement and the closure of the business.

He has written this short history of the firm which you will find in the History pages by clicking here


Mid Suffolk District Council remind us to check the changes to refuse and recycling bin collections 

You can find the new timetable on the website  (Click here for Bins)


Residents of Woolpit now have access to 4 Defibrillators in the village.

They are located as follows:

  1. Woolpit Health Centre, Heath Road
  2. Woolpit Cricket Club, Rectory Lane          
  3. Woolpit Tennis Club, Rectory Lane
  4. The Room, White Elm

    Please read the report on the defibrillators in the Information Section (Click here) before you find yourself in an emergency 

 Campaign to stop Fly Tipping

 Do not get caught out by rogue waste disposal offers.

The SCRAP fly-tipping campaign is aimed at residents and businesses whose waste is sometimes fly-tipped by unlicensed  operators, who often offer to remove waste at a ‘bargain’ price – only to then dump it. Many of these operators advertise on social media. The campaign aims to remind people that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them. 

Refuse graphic  



 Photographs of Woolpit

We would like to start a village photo gallery. 

Here are a couple to get us started.

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Door with wreath

Blue door with wreath





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